Math and Science Partnership (MSP)
A NanoBio Science Partnership for the Alabama Black Belt
Current data indicates that the United States ranks 26th in the world in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and Alabama ranks 49th in the nation based on mathematics and science preparation of students entering college.
A partnership consisting of five universities (Tuskegee University, Alabama State University, Auburn University, the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham), five community colleges (Central Alabama Community College, Enterprise Junior College, Shelton State Community College, Wallace Community College at Selma and Wallace State Community College), nine school districts (Barbour Co., Bullock Co., Dallas Co., Lee Co., Lowndes Co., Macon Co., Montgomery City, Perry Co. and Selma City Schools), McWane Science Center, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin and the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) has been formed to enhance the science achievement of students in the 6th-8th grades in selected districts of Alabama Black Belt Region.
This grant addresses the critical issue of the lack of preparation in math and science on the part of students matriculating at colleges in STEM disciplines. The staff of Alabama Mathematics, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) has provided valuable guidance in the need analysis and development of contents of this grant.
The activities that are proposed to accomplish the goal of this partnership include:
- Development course modules to enhance teachers' presentation of science courses and student learning
- Development of 3-D simulation of science experiments to enhance students' understanding of process that take place and precautions to observe in science laboratories
- Training of teachers in the delivery of course modules and student motivation
- Assessment and Evaluation.